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Modern Greek Studies Discipline Courses Details

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MGS 150 : Modern Greek I

Prerequisites: None
Description: Modern (demotic) Greek for beginners emphasizing oral expression, listening comprehension, reading and writing. Grammar introduced in context of readings.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

MGS 151 : Modern Greek II

Prerequisites: MGS 150 or equivalent.
Description: Continuation of first semester Modern Greek.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MGS 152 : Modern Greek Conversation

Prerequisites: MGS 150/GRE 150 or consent of instructor.
Description: Emphasizing aural-oral skills, provides practical contexts for conversational modern Greek derived from instructional videos, DVDs, and on-line tutorials. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 units toward degree credit.
Units: 2

MGS 316 : Contemporary Culture of Greece

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: The culture of contemporary Greece within the framework of the social sciences, particularly anthropology and folklore. (Cross listed with ANTH 316. May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3

MGS 350 : Greece and the Balkans

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: History of Greece and the Balkans from the Fall of Constantinople to the present. This course is offered as MGS 350 and HIST 350. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3

MGS 351 : Venetians and Ottomans in the Eastern Mediterranean and Greece

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent; upper division standing.
Description: Cross listed with HIST 351. For course description, see HIST 351. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3

MGS 352 : From Glory to Debt: Greece from the 19th to the 21st Centuries

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent; upper division standing.
Description: Cross listed with HIST 352. For course description, see HIST 352. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3

MGS 365 : Modern Greek III

Prerequisites: MGS 151 or equivalent.
Description: Continuation of second semester Modern Greek. Accelerated emphasis on conversation, grammar and composition.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

MGS 380 : British and American Travellers to Greece

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Survey of the genre of travel writing to Greece in British and American letters from the Romantic to the postmodern periods. Authors include Byron, Wilde, Woolf, and Miller. This course is offered as MGS 380 and ENG 380. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MGS 397 : Greek American Literature

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: A survey of the major Greek American authors and poets of the 20th century. This course is offered as MGS 397 and ENG 398. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

MGS 452 : Forster, Durrell, and Cavafy

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent
Description: Examination of English novelists and travel writers E. M. Forster and Lawrence Durrell and of their connection to Alexandrian poet C. P. Cavafy. Discussion includes their collective interest in Alexandria as an alternative literary and ideological typos. This course is offered as MGS 452, CWL 452, and ENG 452. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MGS 465 : Modern Greek Poetry in Comparative Perspective

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Survey of Greece's prominent modern poets in comparison with major Anglo-American and European poets. Poets to be studied can include Cavafy, Seferis, Elytis, Mastoraki, Yeats, Eliot, Pound, and Rich. This course is offered as MGS 465, CWL 465, and C W 465. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

MGS 470 : Modern Greek IV

Prerequisites: MGS 365 or equivalent.
Description: Continuation of third semester Modern Greek. Conversation, grammar and composition writing. Reading and translating of representative literary and other texts.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

MGS 497 : Modern Greek Literature

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Introduction to Greece's major modernist and postmodernist writers. Exploration of experimental writing techniques using 20th Century literature. This course is offered as MGS 497 and C W 497. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

MGS 510 : The Byzantine Empire

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Political, social, economic, cultural history of Byzantine empire from 7th to 15th centuries A.D.; relations of Byzantium with Germanic, Slavic, Arabic, and Turkic-speaking neighbors. This course is offered as MGS 510, CLAS 510, HIST 326. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

MGS 555 : Introduction to Modern Greek Literary Texts

Prerequisites: MGS 470 or equivalent.
Description: Reading and translation of selected texts in modern Greek literature. Modern Greek grammar for upper division students.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

MGS 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Supervised intensive, individual undergraduate work, largely of a research nature, in Modern Greek Studies, e.g., language, literature, folklore and/or culture. Culminates in a paper.
Units: 1-4
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